Carmaker alliance set up to support cybersecurity image

Car hacking might come to a stop by the end of 2015 as automakers are working on a new alliance of defense.

Carmakers are focused at the moment to create an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) with help from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers in order to make a clearinghouse for intelligence regarding cyber threats that happen to cars and their networks.

The center would also be a place where best practices could be shared concerning safeguarding and responding to cyber threats.

The car industry has faced the recent issue of cyber security with lawmakers pointing out that automakers have not come up with comprehensive solutions to provide safety for their customers at the moment.

However, threats of malicious hacking on a big number of cars are not as soon to happen as we might think. The remotely controlled Jeep Cherokee car systems incident that happened in July took place because of tools that proved to have been developed by security experts for years.

Moreover, there is not much financial gain to be obtained by targeting cars right now, even if they can collect massive amounts of data. This can change though in the future.

Denise Anderson, chair of the National Council of ISACs and a former vice president of the financial services industry’s ISAC stated on the topic “Is it dire right now? I wouldn’t say so, but now is the time to form the ISAC so the infrastructure and trust is there when they need an ISAC. You don’t want to be caught unprepared. Health care is being heavily targeted right now, but in the past they weren’t.”

Every big automaker will take part in the automotive ISAC, and suppliers and telecommunications companies are also joining in.

Through the ISAC, companies can anonymously share information about vulnerabilities and attacks, as the auto industry’s ISAC is expected to have professional analysts ready to diagnose and respond to threats.

By Gabriela Florea